- Jan 4, 2021
- Enyimba F.C.
With respect RR, that’s completely false. Much worse equipment, worse pitches, heavier balls and defenders were allowed to commit GBH.I don't know, how can you be so sure? We are comparing players across 2 completely different era, its really hard to claim for sure that one is not better than the other at anything. Sure Pele did play more games if counted those friendlies, but then football back then were in general physically less demanding than what we seeing today, its not exactly the same game back then and now, so the only thing we could do is to compare how dominant they were over others from their own era. For example, at least in terms of longevity, I think both Di Stefano and Puskas age better and last longer than Pele back in the old era. While Ronaldo ages better and last longer than other footballers in modern era too.
Anyway, I've always hold Pele in highest regard too, so there's not many I'd intend to argue against. Just that, at least its fair to say, Ronaldo does age better, so he must be better at "something" too.
Just go back and watch Portugal v Brazil in the 66 World Cup where the Portuguese took turns to viciously assault an already injured Pele. And they had no subs then so he had to stay on the pitch with one leg.
There’s no way you can say the game is more physically demanding now. The players might be better athletes (though I think the actual difference is often exaggerated) but attacking players can’t be touched. This helps with avoiding injury which in turn helps with longevity.
We’ve seen a similar softening trend in other team ball sports, US Football, Basketball etc, they’ve all become less physical.
On the topic of Pele being better at everything, I’ve based that opinion on watching the footage of the games. I’ve obviously also seen Ronaldo hundreds of times. I don’t think there’s a category where Ronaldo is better. Right foot? No. Left foot? No. Dribbling? No. Passing/playmaking? Definitely not. Skill? No. Head? No. Big games? No. Finishing? No. IQ/Vision? No. Speed? No. Etc etc.
Just my opinion though.